Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday Word: Sibilant

sibilant |ˈsibələnt|adjective Phonetics(of a speech sound) sounded with a hissing effect, for example s, sh.• making or characterized by a hissing sound hissibilant whisper.noun Phoneticsa sibilant speech sound.DERIVATIVESsibilance nounORIGIN mid 17th cent.: from Latin sibilant-‘hissing,’ from the verb sibilare.

The most fitting illustration of this word I can think of is the scene from the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets when he talks to the snake.

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